Brendan Rodgers is set to take his time before deciding Odsonne Edouard’s future with Celtic, admitting that he is no rush to make a decision.
The on-loan PSG striker is set to leave Glasgow at the end of the season, unless the Hoops agree to pay the widely reported £7million buy-out clause in his contract.
The Celtic manager is impressed with how the player has fared in Scotland so far, where he has scored five goals but faces competition from the established duo of Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths in the lone striker role.
“I will just assess it at the end of the season,” Rodgers said, as quoted by The Herald. “I have been really impressed by him and he is getting better and better each week.
“He has grown each week he has been with us. It’s just a case of assessing it. There’s no rush.”
Edouard’s last appearance for the Hoops saw him come on as a second-half substitute in the goal less Old Firm derby.
Football Insider verdict
Rodgers is correct to keep his options opened regarding Edouard. Whilst the player seems like a very good prospect with a bright future ahead of him, it’s hard to tell how good he really is without a run of games in the first-team. At times he has played ahead of both Dembele and Griffiths, but aside from a hat-trick in a 5-1 win over Motherwell he has looked like a third-choice striker, and £7million is far too much money, especially for a team like Celtic, to pay for one of those. The best solution for both parties would be another loan deal, as Edouard may see his chances for first-team football increase next season, especially if Dembele is sold.
In other Celtic news, Brendan Rodgers has admitted he is unsure how long Moussa Dembele will remain at Celtic